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Photo news quiz 2013

It's a quiz and a discussion trigger – and one of the most popular and eagerly awaited newsthink resources. High-quality press photographs jog the memory of the past year's news stories. Multiple choice, not entirely serious, questions are provided for a fast-moving and, sometimes, funny quiz. The pictures and stories can also be used to encourage open discussion, moving to the next question only when conversation falters.

There are two versions of the quiz powerpoint:

A recommended way to use the quiz is to divide a group into two teams, each with a captain. Go through each round in order.

For questions 1 and 2 – the fact questions – allow short conferring among the team, before taking an answer from the captain.

You can use question 3 – the argument question – methodically each time, or just drop it in randomly to create the right tempo for the group.

Ask the team captain to nominate a team member to answer each argument question. No repeated nominations of the same person should be allowed. Award points, say a mark out of ten, for the response. Or ask the opposing team to do the scoring and judge, fairly, how well their competitors dealt with the question. Ask students to bear in mind that a thoughtful and well-argued reply can be worth points, even if you don't agree with it. Then open up the discussion further.

Important note: The quiz takes a light-hearted approach. It is meant to be fun as well as educational. However, because it is news-related it refers to events that have badly affected very many people. Please be encouraged to maintain sensitivity to dignity and respect - keeping in mind the people behind the stories, even while enjoying the fun and argument of the quiz.

Please also note that this quiz includes a photograph of people being treated with first aid as well as photos of people with nose bleeds. If you or your students are upset by the sight or discussion of blood then it's possibly best to avoid round 1 and round 3.


Round 1

 Bystanders help an injured woman at the scene of the first explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013© Info 

1. What does this dramatic picture show?

a. First aid in a conflict zone in the Syrian town of Aleppo.

b. A scene from a major first aid movie being filmed in Boston, Lincolnshire.

c. First aid in action after the bomb blasts during the marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Correct

2. Someone is reassuring the injured person, while someone else puts pressure on the bleeding wound. Is this:

a. A perfect example of what to do, that may have saved her life. Correct

b. Wrong! They should be running her under a cold tap for ten minutes.

c. A bit dodgy as they're not wearing gloves and the ground is mucky.

3. Argument

How do you think you personally would react in the seconds after a bomb blast - seek safety or go to help others? What would it depend on?


Round 2

A pedestrian holds onto a post in front of a woman falling down during strong winds in central Brussels on 28 October 2013© Info 

1. What is happening in the photo?

a. An attempt to uproot a post by brute strength fails as a woman falls over.

b. Pedestrians struggle against strong winds in central Brussels, the same storm that brought down power lines in southern England. Correct

c. A hip-hop dance company performs a breakdance version of ‘singing in the rain’.


2. Powerful winds devastated parts of the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan struck in November. The aid effort was hampered by logistical issues. What is meant by ‘logistical issues’?

a. Problems with logic, not being able to think things through properly.

b. Problems with the co-ordination and delivery of aid because of blocked roads, insufficient vehicles, poor communication and inaccessible areas. Correct.

c. No one knows what it means. It's just a handy excuse that sounds impressive.


3. Argument

If you live in an area of extreme weather and frequent storms you develop skills to deal with them and are better able to cope. Do you agree or disagree? Explain why.


Round 3 

Sports stars suffering from nosebleeds© Info 

1. Four people pictured here are trying to stop something. What?

a. The medical condition epistaxis, otherwise known as a nosebleed. Correct

b. A rare form of panic attack during which you feel your nose is falling off.

c. Intrusive celebrity photographers from Rhino magazine taking candid pictures of their nose.


2. You have a nosebleed. What should you do?

a. Put pressure on the bleeding by putting a heavy object, such as a wardrobe, on your nose.

b. Get someone to give you a fright. It might give you hiccups, but your nosebleed should stop.

c. Pinch your nose just above your nostrils for ten minutes, lean forward and breathe through your mouth. Correct

3. Argument

You tell someone that you feel weak and wobbly at the sight of blood. What's the best response they can give? What is the worst?


Round 4

People leave a town caught up in fighting between rebels and regional forces in the Central African Republic in January 2013© Info

1. What is going on in this picture?

a. An attempt on the Guinness World Record for going nowhere in the greatest amount of time possible.

b. People leaving a city caught up in armed conflict are taking as much as they can carry, possibly more. Correct

c. A group of holidaymakers is waiting for roadside assistance. They suspect they may have a flat battery.

2. Humanitarian aid agencies have been working in the Central African Republic for the past 11 months helping those affected by war. Which of the following have they not been doing?

a. Providing food, latrines and first aid services.

b. Visiting detainees, reuniting children with parents and running drama projects to raise awareness of the need to respect hospitals and other health facilities.

c. Supplying arms, burying survivors and raising awareness of the need for drama projects. Correct

3. Argument

Might people's suffering be reduced if armed conflicts such as that in the Central African Republic were better known throughout the world? Give examples of how international pressure and aid can help people in conflict zones.


Round 5

Mo Farah competes for the ball during a charity football match between Arsenal Legends XI and World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons XI in Barnet on 23 June 2013 © Info

1. What does the photograph show?

a. Marathon runner Mo Farah playing a charity football match in support of refugees and internationally displaced people. Correct

b. Marathon runner Mo Farah in his little-known part-time job as an Arsenal winger.

c. Arsenal football club's recent signing who happens to look quite a lot like marathon runner Farah.

2. Mo Farah captained the Arsenal XI which played a World Refugee XI captained by Fabrice Muamba. What do these two sporting heroes have in common?

a. Both are trained accountants.

b. Both played cricket for Yorkshire.

c. Both came to the UK as children from war-torn countries in Africa - Mo from Somalia and Fabrice from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Correct

3. Argument

Think of three things that Mo and Fabrice's classmates could have done to make them feel welcome in the UK.


Round 6

Injured people receive hospital treatment after an earthquake on 22 July 2013 in Minxian, China© Info

1. What is happening in this photograph?

a. Actors rehearse a Hollywood musical on the history of umbrellas.

b. People are treated for injuries following an earthquake in Minxian, China. Correct

c. A health authority implements a new rapid discharge policy for patients.

2. Which of the following is the most likely reason that patients are outside in the car park?

a. The patients are worried about infection if they mix with others in the hospital itself.

b. Many people lack vitamin D, and sunshine is a good source.

c. Hospital buildings damaged in the original shock are unsafe and there is a risk of more damage from aftershocks and tremors. Correct

3. Argument

After a disaster such as an earthquake children (and adults) often become confused and anxious. Do you think a distressed child needs professional support from a trained counsellor? Can those around them help? Should support be different in the immediate aftermath compared to, say, a month later?


Round 7

An Oklahoman woman searches what is left of her house after a powerful tornado on 20 May 2013

1. What does the photograph show?

a. A woman searching for personal belongings in what is left of her house after a tornado. Correct

b. A woman preparing for a Punch and Judy performance on an urban beach.

c. A researcher from a TV company planning the next episode of Worst DIY Disasters.

2. What is the official advice from the US weather service for people in the path of a violent storm such as a tornado?

a. Get in, get down, cover up. Correct

b. Get up, go out, get with it.

c. Get on, get off, get over it.

3. Argument

Imagine you were searching your home after a devastating storm. What would you hope to find? What physical thing would you miss most if it were destroyed or missing?


This quiz was written by PJ White of alt62 and published in December 2013.



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